An unkindness of ravens chloe rhodes

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An Unkindness of Ravens: A Book of Collective Nouns by Chloe Rhodes

Why are geese in a gaggle? Are crows really murderous? And what makes lions so proud? Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these peculiar terms actually came from? Most of those found in this book have their origins in the Medieval Books of Courtesy, among the earliest works to be published in this country. Despite originating as a form of social etiquette reserved for the gentry, many of these collective nouns have survived to become a curious feature of todays everyday language. This absorbing book tells the stories of these evocative phrases, many of which have stood the test of time and are still in use today. Entertaining, informative and fascinating, An Unkindness of Ravens is perfect for any history or language buff.
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An Unkindness of Ravens: A Book of Collective Nouns

Entertaining, informative and fascinating, An Unkindness of Ravens is perfect for any history or language buff. Chloe Rhodes is a freelance writer, blogger and author and a regular contributor to various magazines and journals. Chloe has written several books on a wide variety of subjects including food and drink, history and philosophy and family relationships. Sign in Register Wishlist 0. An Unkindness of Ravens.

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Chloe Rhodes., Modern users of this group name might be forgiven for assuming it has its roots in the rowdiness of medieval beggars, scrapping over a coin thrown by an uncharacteristically benevolent lord. But in his assessment of the phrase in his book Proper Terms, John Hodgkin tells us he thinks its listing as 'a fyting' in fifteenth-century texts offers a different source.

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Chloe Rhodes is a freelance writer, blogger and author and a regular contributor to various magazines and journals. Chloe has written several books on a wide variety of subjects including food and drink, history and philosophy and family relationships. Are crows really murderous? And what makes lions so proud? Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these peculiar terms actually came from?

Share on:. If you are interested in the English language and the origin of words, then you will really enjoy browsing this book. Chloe Rhodes dons her best detective hat and goes in search of the origin of these colourful terms, many of which have their roots in the Middle Ages. A particularly useful source was the 'Book of St Albans', an influential book, likely written by the Prioress Dame Juliana Barnes, which lists collective nouns in total, describing animals, birds, professions and people. Rhodes also refers to the works of Chaucer, Conan Doyle, James Lipton and others to clarify the meaning behind some of the more unusual terms. The result is a thoroughly entertaining and absorbing little publication, set out in an accessible and easy-to-read style, which makes it the perfect book for 'dipping into' during a coffee break or whilst travelling.

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  1. An Unkindness of Ravens: A Book of Collective Nouns and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify.

  2. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Chloe Rhodes is a regular contributor to various magazines and journals. She has written several books on a wide variety .

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